Local chef cooking up a storm at World Cup

Gqeberha boss Christine Simpson whips up magic in the kitchen at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

When asked by Ralph Gottschalk, world-renowned chef and owner of Pastryworks Bakery in Gqeberha, if she would like to join his team at the international sporting event, Simpson jumped at the golden opportunity.

She took time out from her hectic schedule to say hello to Algoa FM Country and give us an insight into her experience.

Simpson began her culinary journey in 2005 at Silwood Kitchen, a France-based culinary school, and said of her experience, “I’m so grateful to have such a strong foundation to build on. I believe grounding has allowed me to understand the true depth of flavor.”

This was followed by a stint in Spar retail before moving to the UK in 2011 to work at Babington House in Somerset, Bertinet Bakery in Bath, Jamie Oliver’s cookery school and the Leith School of Food and Wine in London.

She then returned to Gqeberha and founded the Aruna Foods brand.

As Simpson says of Aruna, “Preparing food for people gives me so much pleasure and the hours spent preparing it are worth every satisfied belly”.

The 22nd edition of the tournament began on November 20th and will end on December 18th, marking the first time it will be held in the Arab world.

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